Shop Site of the Month
Milstead Automotive - Spring, Texas
As a one-stop shop for all your automotive needs - mechanical, collision, transmission, towing and fleet repair, as well as vehicle sales - Milstead provides its visitors with lots of information, organized well through the site's multiple navigation points. We're giving them a big round of applause for their text-only site map at the bottom of each page, helping visitors find what they want.
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Web Wise: Increasing Your Social Productivity
You've spent all morning typing, tweeting, tumbling, posting, linking-up, blogging, vlogging and flickering ... and you are exhausted. "Now, can I get back to work?" you ask.
A consistent social media strategy is the most effective, low-cost way to build a broad, loyal customer base for small businesses. But all this social media madness has you on overload, and you are wondering if all this "getting to know each other" is really doing anything for your bottom line.
I feel your pain. Staying current with your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts and keeping your blog updated, are time-consuming, and oftentimes, redundant activities. How can you be expected to stay on top of things when there aren't enough hours in the day to mind both the physical and digital aspects of a business?
Postling (www.postling.com) provides a one-stop solution to this problem: Post your product or service message, and it's pushed to all your social media accounts, including Wordpress, Blogger, TypePad, Squarespace, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. It's all managed through one simple account.
You can view, edit, respond to comments and otherwise manage all your posts, tweets, etc., regardless of where or how they were originally created. You can even delete posts across any of the services Postling supports.
For those of you who may not have any experience marketing your business through a social media setting, Postling also provides new users with their own blog, so they can start building customer relationships immediately.
If you already have a Wordpress blog, the Postling service will give you the option of posting to any of your specific categories. Postling also supports updates to Drupal blogs.
If you want to know what others are saying about you or your company, Postling's tracking tool currently monitors Facebook wall posts, tweets and reviews on Citysearch and Yelp. More services are on the way, says the company.
The service is available for a free 30-day trial period; after that you'll need to subscribe. Fees are $9 a month or $90 a year. You should also know that there is no requirement for credit card information up front, so the free 30-day trial is truly free.
ASA Web Ways: Looking for Something
ASA's online Ultimate Buyer's Guide provides a wealth of information about companies offering the products and services you need to keep your business moving forward. Whatever your automotive needs - tools, equipment, parts, wheels, training, business services or towing - you'll find companies that can help you get the job done. Visit the ASA home page at www.ASAshop.org, and click on the Ultimate Buyer's Guide button.
Sixty-nine percent of U.S. moms use a smartphone or PDA to coordinate family schedules and activities.
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